Lightened Up Bang Bang Shrimp

Ah, Bang Bang Shrimp. If you have ever been to Bonefish Grill, then you know what I am talking about. I know this because I guarantee you that when you walk into a Bonefish Grill, you will see a plate of Bang Bang Shrimp sitting on everyone’s table. It is that good. For those of you who have never been to Bonefish Grill and don’t know what the heck I am talking about, Bang Bang Shrimp is this amazing appetizer that they serve. Delicious, crispy shrimp that is covered in a creamy and spicy sauce. SO good! The Hubs and I never order appetizers when we go out to eat, but rest assured, when we go to Bonefish, we order this shrimp.

I’ve been wanting to make it at home for some time. So, I hit up the interwebz in search of a good copycat recipe. I found a few that claimed they were the best and closet recipe to the original. Even before looking at the recipes, I knew that there are two major problems with Bang Bang Shrimp: 1. It’s fried, and 2. It’s covered in full-fat mayo. Both of these things had to go. So I took a recipe I found and attempted to lighten it up by baking the shrimp in the oven to avoid the frying process and I also used reduced-fat mayo made with olive oil.

So, is this recipe a perfect copycat? No. Don’t get me wrong, it was good. Hubs loved it. But, I didn’t think the sauce tasted exactly like the Bonefish version. It was close, but not exact. This could be because of the low-fat mayo I used or the brand of the other ingredients that I used. I’ll make it again though! If you are going to eat this as a meal, I recommend serving it with veggies and/or steamed rice!

Lightened Up Bang Bang Shrimp

Serves 2-4

Adapted from CDKitchen


– 1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp

– 1 1/2 cups cornstarch

– 1 cup panko bread crumbs

– 1/2 tsp. salt

– 2 eggs + a splash of skim milk

– 1/2 cup reduced fat mayo (I used the kind made with olive oil)

– 1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce

– 3 drops Sriracha hot chili sauce (or to taste)

– Optional: Chopped scallions for garnishing


1. Combine the mayo and Thai sweet chili sauce in a large bowl. Add the sriracha to taste. Set aside.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut the tails off of the shrimp. Combine the eggs and milk in a bowl, whisk together. Combine the panko, cornstarch, and salt in another bowl. Spray a oven-safe baking rack with non-stick spray. Dip each piece of shrimp into the egg and milk mixture and then dredge in the panko and cornstarch. Arrange the shrimp in a single layer on the baking rack. Spray the top of the shrimp with non-stick spray. Bake for about 10 minutes. Gently flip the shrimp over and spray the other side with non-stick spray. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the breading has turned golden brown on both sides. Add the shrimp to the bowl with the sauce and stir in until the shrimp is evenly covered in the sauce. Be careful not to knock off all the breading. Serve!



  1. I love shrimp. Marinated some for dinner tonight! Might make your sauce to go along with it :)

  2. So I was really curious about this Ban Bang Shrimp, I Googled it. lol. Then I saw Bonefish Grill restaurant and checked on store locations… how come there is no store in California?! Such a shame…. I see all these states but not California. Great. I see Bang Wednesdays ads for $5 Bang Bang Shrimp. Sounds like this food is pretty popular. Thank you for sharing the recipe so Californians can try!!! ;-)

    • Really?! How can there not be one in California?! This is not good. The Hubs and I are going to eventually move back out there (my husband is from L.A. and I’ve lived there as well), I guess I am just going to have to make it myself to satisfy my cravings!

  3. I love that you made this delicious dish and made it healthy!! Baking is so much better than frying! Plus your lightened sauce sounds amazing because I love all the flavors of the ingredients. I glad it was close….. hey if you can make it close enough then maybe you will lose your desire for the dish at Bonefish Grill. Once I started getting my Chinese and Thai food close to the restaurants we frequented… we stopped going to them. That was a big savings for my wallet and my waistline. : )

  4. I’ve never had bang bang shrimp before but this looks amazing! I love that you lightened it up a bit too. I’ll have to try this!

  5. Mmmm. this sounds really goooood.

  6. I love lightened up Asian dishes. It’s one of my favorite cuisines but can be so unhealthy. Great job on this one, my mouth is watering!

  7. I’m DROOLING …. that’s all.

  8. That looks delicious – and lightened up? I must try it!

  9. Never been to Bonefish Grill, but this recipe will do quite well! I want, so I must make, glad this is a light version. Your picture is amazing-yum!

  10. We love Bonefish Grill! And so glad you created a lightened up version to make at home…it looks delish!

  11. Exact or not, yours looks awfully good!

  12. *sigh* I remember when I first developed my allergies to seafood – I sat and watched my two sisters wax poetic over bang bang shrimp….and I wanted some SO bad! ….and I still do! This look terrific!

  13. While I’ve never been to Bonefish Grill, this shrimp looks so mouthwateringly tasty with the sauce… Yum. Shrimp is one of the first foods I go for when I eat seafood.

  14. I had Bangbang chicken before….the sauce looks so tempting.

  15. Oh I LOVE Bang Bang Shrimp!

  16. Recently read that this Bonefish Grill dish wasn’t at all popular–that was until they renamed it Bang Bang Shrimp. Your lightened version sounds great. HUGE Sriracha fan.

  17. I love that you baked it. I’ve only been to bonefish a few times but I’ve never tried the shrimp (I hate mayo.) I think I like your version, but I would swap for Miracle Whip :)

  18. Stephanie! I am super happy that you shared this recipe. I love the Bonefish Grill! Though my sons seem to go there more than I do and they almost exclusively order the Bang Bang Shrimp! I am totally going to surprise them with this when my younger son comes home for Thanksgiving!

  19. Oooh bang bang shrimp sounds awesome. Love that you lightened it up!

  20. I have always wanted to try out that restaurant but there isn’t one near me. Those shrimp look lip smacking good.

  21. These Thai inspired shrimp look scrumptious! I can just imagine how flavourful and delicious they must be. Wish I could sneak one now!

  22. LOVE IT!!! Both my husband and I are obsessed with the Bang Bang Shrimp over at Bonefish and considering neither of us actually like shrimp that’s saying a lot.

    Thank you so much for lightening up and posting it, I’ll definitely be keeping this in mind

  23. Oooooh! The Hubble fell in love with this stuff when he was down in Florida. I’ll have to try it to see what he was so excited about. Thanks for sharing!!

  24. MMMM…bang bang shrimp..heavenly:-). This dish sounds great, but even just having a lightened up version of the sauce makes me very happy.

  25. I made this twice and everyone loves them. Next time, I will try chicken and fish.

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